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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2023 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Montana.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 1 February
Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Montana
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Montana provides that, subject to certain limited exceptions, no person shall possess a firearm if he or she has been convicted of:
- A felony for which he or she received an additional sentence under Montana Code Ann. § 46-18-221 (which imposes an additional sentence for offenses committed with a dangerous weapon); or
- An offense of another state or federal law which is equivalent to a Montana offense which would subject the person to an additional sentence under section 46-18-221.
Prohibited felons may nonetheless be entitled to purchase and possess firearms by applying for and receiving a permit, which will be granted upon a showing of good cause for the possession of each firearm sought to be purchased and possessed.
Possession of a deadly weapon by a prisoner or person in a youth detention facility is also a crime in Montana. A state administrative regulation prohibits probationers and parolees from owning, possessing or being in control of any firearm…
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